With nearly 29 million people taking a cruise in 2018 alone, it may be one of the most popular ways to enjoy a vacation.
Cruises encapsulate the perfect way to relax as well as to enjoy an adventure. Sometimes the hardest part about cruising is merely knowing how to choose a cruise that’s best for you.
So what should be considered when you’re thinking about taking a cruise? Here are five simple tips for choosing a cruise that perfectly fits your needs and desires.
1. Start with a Budget
This should be a first step for planning any kind of vacation, but especially cruises. You can get into financial trouble if you don’t start your vacation planning with a set budget.
Be sure to include the cost of the cruise itself, any expenses to fly or drive to the location your cruise is embarking from, and other potentially unforeseen expenses like passports, etc.
2. Decide on a Destination
One of the easiest ways to narrow your cruise choices is to first decide where you want to go.
Once you have a desired destination determined, the rest is easy. Simply browse available cruises and cruise lines that are visiting that local. Just be sure that the cruise you select is visiting any specific cities or locals within that destination that you don’t want to miss out on.
After all, the cruise itself is a blast, but where you are going can make all the difference.
3. Consider Onboard Activities
Are you into broadway musicals, fireworks, or gambling? Various cruises offer activities to meet all kinds of interests.
For example, casino cruises can help turn your luck around. Or, you can opt for a family-friendly cruise that’s perfect for the kids. Ideally, you should consider the onboard itinerary when deciding which cruise is best for you.
4. Consider Excursion Options
Let’s face it, not all cruises are created equal. While some may travel to the same location, the land excursions offered by different cruises can vary greatly.
For example, if you are certain you want to enjoy some Alaskan fishing while your cruise is stopped in Anchorage, pick a cruise that offers this activity as an excursion.
It would be a shame to visit somewhere amazing and not have the option to do whatever activities you’ve dreamt of there. You may also want to look into how long each on-land excursion lasts.
5. Don’t Forget Small Ships
If you’re not into the Vegas-like feel of some cruises, you can opt for a more private cruise line. Smaller ships are great for getting into ports that are harder to access. This means more potential for you to visit cities or locales that are hard-to-reach.
Smaller ships are also a good option if you like to feel more like a traveler than a tourist. You can even enjoy getting to know the staff or fellow passengers better on a small line.
Sometimes certain small ships will allow for more flexibility in services and itineraries as well.
Know You Know How to Choose a Cruise
There’s no better time than the present to start planning your dream vacation.
Now that you have a handle on how to choose a cruise that’s best for you, why wait? You can browse the “Destinations” portion of our blog and find out which awesome locations you can visit with PubClub.